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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Antonio Conte makes £59m PSG transfer call as Chelsea await Kylian Mbappe decision for verdict

  Romelu Lukaku could be set to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window if Paris Saint-Germain replace Mauricio Pochettino with Anton...

 

Romelu Lukaku could be set to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window if Paris Saint-Germain replace Mauricio Pochettino with Antonio Conte. Earlier last week, reports emerged claiming that the Tottenham boss is interested in taking the job at Les Parc des Princes.

PSG have just won the Ligue 1 title under Pochettino, but the club's misfortunes in the UEFA Champions League, where they were knocked out by Real Madrid in the Round of 16, meaning the Argentine is set to be axed. Conte has reportedly offered his services to the French giants despite only joining Tottenham in November.

The Times are reporting that the Spurs boss is being 'considered' by PSG, though Le Parisien have outlined that Zinedine Zidane is the preferred option. Nonetheless, the Italian boss has already begun plotting his dream summer transfer window with the French outfit.

Conte has requested that PSG sign Lukaku, should he land the job, according to Italian outlet Calciomercato. The 28-year-old striker, who joined Chelsea last summer for almost £100million, has struggled in his first season back in the Premier League after being on fire in the Serie A.

It was at Inter Milan under Conte where the Belgium international enjoyed his best form, scoring 64 goals in 95 games. However, he's found the net just 12 times in 39 appearances for the Blues this season.

The prospect of Lukaku joining PSG seems to rest on whether Kylian Mbappe decides to pen a new deal, according to reports. The Athletic have outlined that the French outfit 'have the resources' to secure the £59m-rated striker , but they 'haven’t yet given up hope' on extending Mbappe's future.

Though Lukaku's admiration for Conte is clear, which could play a significant role in proceedings. Speaking to The Independent, he said on the Spurs boss:

"I had Antonio Conte as my manager who really helped me and showed me what to do to win, and we did it from the second season. "As a player, it's a whole different game in Italy. Very, very tactical. The spaces are tight, and in most matches, you only get one chance, and if you do not score, it becomes very difficult."

"I also learned to play more back-to-goal and other technical aspects of the game," Lukaku added. "It was a good experience. Each coach has a different way of coaching, but with Antonio, we really learned to go to the red zone. That's all."

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